Iniesta relieved after Barca win
Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta spoke of his relief after his side
were able to claim all three points in their nine-goal thriller
Lionel Messi once again grabbed the headlines with a stunning
hat-trick but that only told half the story on a night of
sensational drama at Riazor.
It seemed the Catalan club were on their way to a thumping win
after Jordi Alba, Cristian Tello and Messi all struck within the
first 18 minutes but Depor replied with a Luis Pizzi penalty and an
Alex Bergantinosn strike.
Messi struck his second and third in-between Pizzi’s second of
the match and the dismissal of Javier Mascherano while an own goal
from Alba left the visitors clinging on for dear life.
That they managed to hold on to claim a 5-4 success was of great
satisfaction to Iniesta, who is aware they need to continue to
“We could have killed the game off in the first half, but Depor
are dangerous and they caused us a lot of problems in defence,” he
told the club’s official website.
“We’re leaving with the sensation that we won a very difficult
match. We have to learn a lot of things from this match.”
Alba agreed with his team-mate’s assertions and hailed Depor for
“It was a very hard-fought victory, but it was very important,”
said the former Valencia left-back. “The important thing is that we
won the game and that we’re returning with the three points.
“At 2-3, the game was fairly even and it ended up being a crazy
game. The team played an excellent match but we conceded four
Messi continues to light up the Primera Division and his treble
took his tally for 2012 to 59 – beating his previous record of two
“Statistics are only numbers. I’m only concerned with winning
the three points whenever possible,” said the Argentinian.